Buses Yield Marijuana Shipments


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Sheriff’s deputies seized 565 pounds of marijuana and about 20 pounds of another drug from six commercial buses on Baton Rouge interstates over the past few days, but so far have made no arrests.

No one has claimed the bags in which the drugs were found, and the bags had no claim tickets — meaning the drugs couldn’t be tied to any particular person, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s spokesman Fred Raiford said. But Raiford said the investigation continues.

Drugs were found in suitcases in the luggage compartments in the bottom of the buses, the sheriff’s office reported.

The seizures were made during traffic stops, Raiford said. After the buses were pulled over, K-9 Unit dogs alerted deputies to the narcotics, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Raiford wouldn’t say whether the drug busts stemmed from an organized operation by the office’s narcotics unit.

“I can’t give you any details,” he said, adding that the deputies were “just doing their jobs.”

The buses were from two commercial lines, Adame and El Expresso. The sheriff’s office gave the following accounts of the stops, which all occurred on Interstate 12:

On Tuesday, deputies pulled over a bus at 2:15 a.m. and found 147 pounds of marijuana and about 20 pounds of another drug. The bus was traveling from Houston to Florida. Raiford didn’t know which bus line was involved.

On Wednesday, deputies stopped an El Expresso bus heading to Atlanta from Houston about 1:25 a.m. and found 64 pounds of marijuana. At 1:50 a.m., an Adame bus traveling from Houston to North Carolina was pulled over. Deputies found 160 pounds of marijuana.

On Thursday, deputies found 61 pounds of marijuana on an El Expresso bus pulled over at 1:20 a.m. while en route to Florida. Thirty minutes later, deputies found 75 pounds of marijuana on an Adame bus going to Atlanta. And 10 minutes after that, deputies pulled over an Adame bus headed to Tennessee and seized 58 pounds of marijuana.

Drugs have been confiscated on Adame and El Expresso bus lines before, according to a Nashville Police Department news release.

In Tennessee, an investigation into a large marijuana and ******* distribution organization in 2005 led to the arrest of a Nashville man and four Texans on charges that they conspired to distribute 170 pounds of marijuana, a Nashville Police Department news release says.

The marijuana was taken to Nashville from Houston on an Adame passenger bus, which transports people between the United States and Mexico, the release says.

An official with the Nashville Police Department would not comment on the case Friday.

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Source: The Advocate
Pubdate: 2 December 2006
Copyright: 2006 The Advocate
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